What began as a conversation about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) saying it’s a “legitimate question” for young people to wonder whether they should be bringing children into the world devolved into an all-out shouting match between Meghan McCain and Sunny Hostin about “infanticide” on The View Tuesday morning.
At one point during the discussion, McCain unilaterally changed the subject to Sen. Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which was blocked from consideration by Democrats in the Senate this week.
“This act would punish any doctor who fails to provide medical care to a child born alive after a failed abortion,” McCain said, noting that all but three Democrats—including several 2020 presidential candidates—voted against the motion to proceed, effectively blocking the bill. “That means these Democrats don't believe a baby born after a botched abortion should receive medical care,” she said.
“If Democrats want to win an election going forward, are you going to be the party of late-term abortion?” McCain asked. “Are you going to be the party of infanticide?” She then added, “If you think that is how you win back the White House, I'm here on tell you, I spent a lot of time in red states. I'm from a red state. That is a losing argument.”
When Hostin dared to “push back” on her co-host’s point, McCain lost it. “I thought you were pro-life like me,” McCain told her. “So you think a baby born from a botched abortion should be put down like a dog or a cat?”
Every time Hostin, who confirmed that she is personally pro-life, tried to explain her point, McCain shouted at her, “Disgusting!”
“Is she going to be able to tell her side?” Joy Behar, McCain’s frequent sparring partner, chimed in.
“This is not a new law,” Hostin said as McCain could be heard sighing heavily in the background. “It's already required to provide medical care to infants born alive. This bill also required that all babies born alive be immediately transferred to a hospital which, my understanding is, it's not always safe for a newborn. And passing this bill would impose legal and criminal penalties on doctors who won't comply with that.”
Hostin continued to talk as McCain shouted repeatedly, “That doctor should be punished!”
Ultimately, Behar had to step in and end the segment. But when they returned from the break, she gave Hostin a chance to finish her argument without constant interruptions. McCain sat dutifully silent before insisting on getting the last word: “If the Democratic Party wants to be the party of infanticide, that is their choice.”